Sebastião Tapajós

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Sebastião Tapajós
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Born on a boat

Sebastião Tapajós, born in 1943 in Brazil, has recorded over 50 albums and in his long career as ‘violonista’. Born on a boat during his father’s travels as a salesman, his birth name was Sebastião Pena Marçião – he later adopted the name of the Rio Tapajós as his own. The river flows into the Amazon, and this was way his way of acknowledging his origins, and the source of his inspiration.
Tapajós first began playing at the age of nine, under the tutelage of his father, whose shop was a focal point for the local community. When there were customers, there was also music and singing. ‘It was always very hot there’ says Tapajós, recalling one of his first performances, ‘and one day my father’s guitar just gave up the ghost. I jumped in and played the whole day’. By the age of twelve, he was able to play melodies from the radio by ear, and joined a dance band playing popular Brazilian music. When, however, he heard a recording of a Chopin mazurka by the Brazilian guitarist Garoto, his entire musical perspective changed. He borrowed money from friends to begin his studies at the Belém College of Music.

Later, in 1963, he continued formal study at the Rio Conservatory, and in 1964 moved to Portugal to continue his studies at the Lisbon National Music Conservatory. On graduating, he then moved to Spain, to study at the Hispanic Cultural Institute.

Returning to Brazil to concentrate upon a performing career, his moment came with a rendition of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ ‘Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra’, performed with the National Symphony Orchestra at the prestigious Teatro Municipal in Rio. This was his entrée into the world of concert performances, and he embarked on tours of Brazil and the US to great critical acclaim.

As a composer, Tapajós draws upon Brazilian popular music, while avoiding popular cliché. His playing style is vigorous and incisive, incorporating the full range of possibilities offered by the acoustic guitar. He makes a point of presenting other figures from Brazilian musical culture in his concerts. He has also extensively recorded the work of other Brazilian composers like Tom Jobim, Baden-Powell, Astor Piazolla, Villa-Lobos and others – despite his own prodigious compositional activities.

Sebastião Tapajós suffered a stroke in 2001, but was nonetheless back on stage three months later. His performing career has spanned almost 60 years and shows no sing of slowing down. He is particularly popular in Germany, where he regularly performs with the Berlin Philharmonic, and was awarded the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, effectively a Lifetime Achievement award by German critics.
Author: Martin Gordon

Works

Choros e Valsas do Pará

Published Audio,
2002
CD

Solos do Brasil

Published Audio,
2001
CD

Do Meu Gosto

Published Audio,
2001
CD

Acorde violão

Published Audio,
2000
CD

Solos

Published Audio,
2000
CD

Solos da Amazônia

Published Audio,
2000
CD

Instrumental Caboclo

Published Audio,
1999
CD

Do meu gosto. Sebastião Tapajós e Gilson Peranzzetta

Published Audio,
1999
CD

Lembrando Dilermando Reis

Published Audio,
1999
Bahamas, CD

Encontro com a Saudade

Published Audio,
1998
CD

Sebastião Tapajós interpreta Radamés Gnattali e Guerra-Peixe

Published Audio,
1998
CD

Da minha terra. Jane Duboc e Sebastião Tapajós

Published Audio,
1998
CD

Ontem e sempre

Published Audio,
1997
CD

Afinidades. Sebastião Tapajós e Gilson Peranzzetta

Published Audio,
1997
CD

Amazônia brasileira. Sebastião Tapajós e Nilson Chaves

Published Audio,
1997
CD

Encontro de Solistas

Published Audio,
1993
CD

Instrumental no CCBB. Sebastião Tapajós, Gilson Peranzzetta, Maurício Einhorn e Paulinho Nogueira

Published Audio,
1993
CD

Reflections. Gilson Peranzzetta e Sebastião Tapajós

Published Audio,
1990
CD

Terra Brasis

Published Audio,
1989
LP

Brasilidade. Sebastião Tapajós e João Cortez

Published Audio,
1989
LP

Lado a lado. Gilson Peranzzetta e Sebastião Tapajós

Published Audio,
1988
LP/CD

Villa-Lobos

Published Audio,
1987
LP

Painel

Published Audio,
1986
LP

Visões do Nordeste

Published Audio,
1986
CD/LP

Todos os sons. Maurício Einhorn & Sebastião Tapajós

Published Audio,
1984
LP

Guitarra criolla

Published Audio,
1982
LP

Sincopando/Zimbo Trio convida Sebastião Tapajós. Sebastião Tapajós e Zimbo Trio

Published Audio,
1982
LP

Violão & amigos

Published Audio,
1979
LP

Xingu

Published Audio,
1979
LP

Guitarra & amigos

Published Audio,
1977
LP

Clássicos da América do Sul

Published Audio,
1977
LP

Terra

Published Audio,
1976
LP

Guitarra Fantástica

Published Audio,
1976
LP

Guitarra Latina

Published Audio,
1975
LP

Bienvenido

Published Audio,
1973
LP

Violão e Tapajós

Published Audio,
1967
LP

Projects

This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

Wassermusik 2010

Concerts, Films, Exhibition, Discussions

(22 July 10 - 13 August 10)